Building for Tomorrow (BFT) provides residents of the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority (AMHA) and other low income individuals with tools to reach their potential and to move beyond assisted housing and other public assistance. We focus on educational success, economic self-sufficiency and independent living. BFT strives to create a supportive sense of community where residents, no matter their stage in life, are given the power to realize and obtain a brighter future.
the tax-exempt, non-profit Building for Tomorrow as a 501(c)(3) corporation to
provide social services, educational services, and financial assistance with
basic necessities and services to encourage self-sufficiency for low income
persons who reside in AMHA housing or otherwise participate in programs and
services offered by AMHA and its partners.
The mission of BFT is to support services to residents of AMHA and other
low-income individuals that promote stability, education and economic
independence as a means to strengthen the greater community.
BFT was formed to capture financial support from foundations and other philanthropic organizations and individuals to enable AMHA to expand and sustain services that support basic needs, encourage economic self-sufficiency, promote school readiness and otherwise contribute to breaking the cycle of poverty.
BFT is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes within the meaning of Internal Revenue Code including, for such purposes, providing social services, educational services and financial assistance with the basic necessities to low income persons who apply for or reside in AMHA housing or who participate in federal, state or local voucher programs undertaken by the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority.
AMHA has found an efficient way to provide
high quality early care and education to the 3,000 children under age five,
living in AMHA housing (nearly 10% of children that age living in Summit County). ECI, a school-readiness program, operates under the premise that investments in
early care and education deliver economic returns and provide a foundation for
success later in life. ECI’s main role
is to connect with families to build relationships of trust and empower parents
to be their child’s first and most important teacher. All other services are provided through
referrals to valued community partners. By coordinating resources already existing
within the county infrastructure, ECI is able to provide comprehensive services
to meet each developmental need. The award winning ECI is aligned with Summit County First Things First.
The Resident Services staff consists of a program manager, two full-time case managers and a computer lab assistant. The case managers work with residents to develop Individual Development Plans. This Plan incorporates goals based on the needs of each resident.Resident Services coordinates opportunities such as employment counseling, financial classes and educational tutoring. Clients also have access to childcare services, a computer lab and some transportation services.
Betty V. & John M. Jacobson Foundation
Board of Directors Annual Giving Fund of the Akron Community Foundation
Burton D. Morgan Foundation
Charles E. & Mabel Ritchie Memorial Foundation
Common Good Consulting, Inc.
Demetros Charitable Trust
John A. McAlonan Fund of the Akron Community Foundation
John S. & James L. Knight Foundation
Laura R. & Lucian Q. Moffitt Foundation
Lehner Family Foundation
Lisle M. Buckingham Fund of the Akron Community Foundation
Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation
Maynard Family Foundation
Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing
Ohio Children's Trust Fund
Read Family Fund of the Akron Community Foundation
Robert W. Briggs Fund of the Akron Community Foundation
Sisler McFawn Foundation
United Way of Summit County
Welty Family Foundation
Women's Endowment Fund of the Akron Community Foundation